It is a sculpture which is sure to turn shoppers’ heads.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Ann Castle, has officially welcomed the first work of art destined to perch in the city’s landmark new shopping centre.
Sculptor Antonia Stowe, arts facilitator for the Trinity Leeds development, spent a year working on the Trinity Leeds Owl.
It weighs in at a hefty 72kg and was modelled in wax and cast in bronze before being gilded.
Owls appear on the Leeds coat of arms and have been a part of the city’s heritage for 400 years.
Antonia said: “People will have to look up to see the owl in the Trinity Leeds development.
“I hope people will feel charmed by having a new owl in the city.”
It is the first taste of an exciting programme of artworks planned at Trinity Leeds.
Work by internationally renowned sculptor Andy Scott is also set to appear at the development.
The £350m Trinity Leeds development is set to open on March 21.